Orioles and Cards get even...Reds and Tigers go for sweepsUNDATED (AP) - The Baltimore Orioles and New York Yankees split 18 regular-season games and battled each other down to the last day of the season to decide the American League East champion. So it makes sense that they are tied in the postseason as well. The Orioles nipped the Yankees 3-2 to square their AL Division Series at a game apiece.
In a battle of southpaws, rookie Wei-Yin Chan outpitched 40-year-old veteran Andy Pettitte to give the wild-card Orioles the tight victory. Chan held the Yanks to one earned run on six hits in six and a-third innings.
Jim Johnson, who had 51 saves during the regular season but was roughed up for five runs in the ninth inning of Game 1, delivered the save with a 1-2-3 ninth inning.
Pettitte, whose 19 postseason victories are the most in baseball, gave up three runs on seven hits in his seven innings. Chris Davis had a two-run single in the third. Mark Reynolds added a run-scoring single in the sixth.
The next three games, if necessary, will be played at Yankee Stadium beginning with Game 3 Wednesday night.
St. Louis jumped on Washington starter Jordan Zimmerman with five runs on seven hits in three innings and routed the Nationals 12-4 in Game 2 of the NLDS to knot that series at one game apiece.
Carlos Beltran hit two of the Cards' four homers and drove in three. Allen Craig and Daniel Descalso also went deep for the Cards. Craig hit his fifth career postseason homer and scored three times. St. Louis starter Jaime Garcia was ineffective, pitching just two innings.
Ryan Zimmerman and Adam LaRoche hit consecutive homers in the fifth inning for the Nationals, who head home for the rest of the series. The first postseason game in the Nation's Capital since 1933 will be Game 3 Wednesday afternoon.
Baseball's two other playoff series resume Tuesday night:
-- The Detroit Tigers held serve at home and bring a 2-0 lead over the Athletics into Game 3 of their ALDS matchup. Brett Anderson has the must-win starting assignment for the Athletics against Anibal Sanchez of the Tigers.
--The Cincinnati Reds are home for Game 3 of their NLDS after beating the Giants twice in San Francisco. Homer Bailey, who has a no-hitter to his credit this season, gets the nod for the Reds against 14-game winner Ryan Vogelsong of the Giants.
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